Loek EssersAmsterdam correspondent for IDG News Service, IDG News Service

Loek Essers focuses on online privacy, intellectual property, open-source and online payment issues.

legal gavel

Apple again denied permanent US sales ban against Samsung products

Apple failed to provide enough evidence to warrant an injunction, so a judge ruled that legal damages should be sufficient.

New Creative Commons license gives users more flexibility

Authors and artists seeking to release works under a Creative Commons license now have more flexibility and choice when they want to share their works, Creative Commons said Thursday.

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Legal ruling

Google Hangouts infringes trademark, says US company Hanginout

Hanginout started the lawsuit while its trademark application is still pending.

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Motorola's push mail patent ruled partly invalid in Germany

The Motorola message synchronization patent had been forcing Apple to switch off iOS push email services in Germany for more than a year.

Apple's free OS is no threat to Linux at all, says its creator

Apple's move to offer its latest desktop operating system, OS X Mavericks, for free isn't going to affect the Linux operating system at all, its creator Linus Torvalds said.

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Google partners on new online learning site, platform

Google will team with the online-learning consortium backed by Harvard, MIT, Stanford and others to build out a new site that can be used to host courses online.

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Google buys augmented reality display patents from Foxconn

Google has bought Foxconn's Hon Hai Precision Industry display patent portfolio as the search company ramps up its development of Google Glass.

privacy

W3C rejects ad industry attempt to hijack do-not-track specs

The World Wide Web Consortium has rejected an attempt by the advertising industry to hijack a specification describing how websites should respond to "do not track" requests sent by Web browsers.

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Apple faces competition for iWatch trademark in Europe

Apple will face competition in Europe for the "iWatch" trademark it has already filed for in Japan, Taiwan and Mexico, because other companies have already registered the name in relevant trademark categories.

Apple's crucial overscroll bounce patent claim is valid, U.S. patent office says

The USPTO confirms four claims of Apple's overscroll bounce patent, including claim 19 of the patent, according to a document filed with a Californian court on Thursday. That claim played a crucial part in Apple's $1.05 billion dollar lawsuit against Samsung.

Apple updates Belgian warranty policy as consumer lawsuit proceeds

Apple has posted to its Belgian website a new policy stating that its warranty period is now two years, up from the previous one year, but a local consumer group suing the company over the issue is withholding judgment for now.

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Apple ordered to pay out the €5 million it's collected in copying levies in France

Apple has to pay out €5 million (US$6.5 million) in home copying levies that it's collected but failed to deliver to the appropriate agency, the Paris High Court ruled on Friday.

Dutch Supreme Court: Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 is not an iPad rip-off

Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab 10.1 does not infringe on Apple's iPad design right, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands ruled on Friday.

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Payleven's chip-and-PIN readers land in Apple's retail stores

Mobile payments startup Payleven has struck a deal that calls for Apple to start selling chip-and-PIN readers in its retail stores across Europe.

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Apple says Samsung's Galaxy S4 infringes on five patents

Samsung's Galaxy S4 infringes on 5 Apple patents, according to a court filing by Apple.